Johnstown Castle and Gardens

We had a very enjoyable day’s outing yesterday to Johnstown Castle and Gardens and to Wexford Town. Twenty-five members of the Kilkenny Branch (RTA) set off by bus at 09.30 sharp. On arrival at Johnstown Castle and Gardens we had a welcome break for tea/coffee and some lovely scones. Afterwards there was time for a visit to the Irish Agricultural Museum based on the Johnstown Castle Estate and for a walk around the grounds. The weather didn’t live up to the forecast and the day was overcast with spells of drizzle. This didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the day trippers.

Johnstown Castle Estate consists of 400 hectares, of which 40 are open to the public. Within the gardens there are 140 species of trees and around 20 peacocks with their beautifully striking plumage. The Castle itself is not open to the public but there are plans for the development of this part of the estate.


The Irish Agricultural Museum is staged over two floors of the old farmyard buildings and the 19 exhibitions explore the history of Irish agriculture from the turn of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century. The displays cover areas such as transport, machinery, crafts, equestrian, dairy, poultry, furniture and workers.

We spent about two very enjoyable hours here before setting off for Wexford Town. More about that later. Enjoy the slideshow of Johnstown Castle.

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